Zach Britton’s most recent outing was an encouraging one for scouts, writes Jon Heyman of Fancred in his latest notes column. One scout tells Heyman that the Orioles’ closer was finally beginning to look like himself in a recent save against the Yankees. Heyman notes that Britton was throwing 96-98 mph, although data from both Fangraphs and Brooks Baseball isn’t quite as bullish as that scout’s radar gun was. Certainly, though, Britton’s past few outings have been encouraging. In five scoreless frames, he’s averaged a slightly improved 95 mph on his heater and posted a strong 66.7 percent grounder rate with four strikeouts against one walk. Britton has thrown a first-pitch strike to just 41 percent of the hitters he’s faced in that time, and his ground-ball rate, velocity and swinging-strike rate are all still shy of his peak levels. Nonetheless, he’s certainly trending in the right direction — a welcome sight for the Orioles. Heyman notes that the Astros are believed to once again have interest in Britton after the Orioles backed out of a trade involving him last season, which would’ve sent Colin Moran and a Double-A outfielder to Baltimore.
Some more Thursday night trade rumblings…
- Heyman also notes that he’s heard the Red Sox mentioned in connection with Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield. The 29-year-old has reportedly drawn interest from the Phillies and from the Brewers already, and the Sox would be a logical addition to that market, depending on the status of Dustin Pedroia. As Heyman notes, Merrifield is particularly enticing for the Sox given his minimal salary and their proximity to the top tier of luxury tax penalization. He’s shown, too, that he can play a number of positions, which would make him ideal for a utility role if the Sox get everyone healthy. That said, there’s no characterization of particularly strong interest in the report, the Sox have a thin farm system, and the Royals are under no urgency to trade Merrifield, who is controlled through 2022. Bullpen help has been rumored to be Boston’s primary focus on the trade market so far.
- One more from Heyman, who notes that the Mets aren’t especially anxious to listen to offers on lefty Steven Matz. New York will certainly entertain offers on its entire roster, as they’re at least listening on Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, but it sounds like Matz is closer to that pair than to the more available Zack Wheeler. The report also indicates that offers for Asdrubal Cabrera, to this point, have been underwhelming and that the Mets have actually received some inquiries about Jose Bautista, who was hitting .230/.389/.425 in 144 PAs for the Mets before homering in tonight’s contest.
- Sticking with the Mets, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the team actually hasn’t received much in the way of inquiries on eiher deGrom or Syndergaard as of late (Twitter link). The general sense that the asking price would be overwhelming could be a factor; as Puma terms it, some teams may have sticker shock “without even seeing the sticker.” Puma also tweets, though, that the Mets are “confident” they’ll find a trade partner for Cabrera. That, he adds, would open a spot for 26-year-old Jeff McNeil — a potentially late-blooming prospect who has batted a combined .346/.417/.634 with 18 homers in 336 plate appearances between Double-A and Triple-A.
- Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News takes a look at the situation in which the Rangers find themselves with Adrian Beltre. The third baseman has full no-trade rights and has not yet given indication about whether he’d prefer to play out the season with a contender, though he has said he wants to play with the Rangers again in 2019. “His value to the organization is above how we would normally consider trade acquisitions,” GM Jo Daniels tells Grant. “For us to consider anything, it’s got to be mutually beneficial, good for all parties involved.” Beltre, 39, hasn’t shown much pop but is hitting .288/.349/.401 on the season. He’s been DHing more of late in an effort to keep his legs healthy.
- Though the Braves have a number of wants on the trade market — specifically upgrades to the pitching staff — they’re reluctant to trade any prospects of note for a rental piece, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic within his latest notes column (subscription required). Rosenthal also notes that a right-handed-hitting center field option to pair with Ender Inciarte would be appealing, though Inciarte’s glovework is so good that it lessens the blow of his 2018 struggles against lefties.
Thatta boy, AA.
Ok so I get having a spelling mistake go unnoticed in the middle of a paragraph, but literally the first word of the article is spelled wrong! Lol
And what would you like for pointing this out; a cookie?? A pat on the back?? A high 5?? How about a “Who cares??”
Giants should try to get Merrifield
Who’s farm system is thinner the Giants or Red Sox?
Giants should be put out of their misery. Only a matter of time.
Three games out of the lead in the NL West with half the team on the DL at any given time? Just now getting their starting pitching together for the first time all year? I think the second half is going to show those words in your mouth, son! Humm baby.
Free Clay Zavada
Swihart and Holt for Merrifield 🙂
Why trade the known for the unknown? Merrifield SEEMS like the real deal but has not been in big games. Holt on the other hand has shown an ability to play well in a big market.
Orioles should get a decent package for Britton. There are few lefties who throw as hard as him with that much movement on his sinker. His constant 80% groundball rate is insane.
Not sure what Zsch Britton might bring back for them though.
If the offer was Colin Moran and a AA outfielder then a few months later Colin Moran and Jason Martin (a AA outfielder) were packaged with Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz for Gerrit Cole, the Orioles probably should’ve taken that offer. Martin seems legit and could have been a solid option to backfill Adam Jones’ spot.
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I’m curious to see how quick or not he gets traded. The guy looks good. Made several Yankees look silly his last time out—helpless looking swing and misses. As an O’s fan I’ll miss him but am looking forward to seeing what we can get in return.
A decent package for an expensive two month rental with huge question marks? Okayyyyyy…..
A lefty power arm is a scarce commodity that every contender could use. He will get bid up.
Not a package but we could snag one interesting prospect if he keeps throwing the ball well. There’s not many better if he’s right. That’s a big IF right now though. I’m not too disappointed on missing out on Moran. He may be a solid regular but I hope we target a much younger prospect w some upside this time around. Jason Martin looks like he would’ve been a nice addition though.
Whit would be a GREAT piece for the Sox! He could provide a more consistent bat over Nunez & could also platoon with Holt. If the Sox could somehow acquire Merrifield and possibly Barraclough from Miami, they’d be sitting pretty going into the 2nd half.
Sharing time with Holt is fine but unless the condition of Nunez’s knee is chronic, I say stay with what the team has. With the thin farm, priority needs to be pitching.
Why does everyone think that Boston has a thin Farm System? Stop drinking the sports writers KoolAid and do some research on your own. Boston has a decent amount of talent, that can grow into a winning team in Boston.
Degrom to the Yankees or Cleveland guaranteed
Yea grab some popcorn everyone.
Cleveland does not need Degrom, but they have needs elsewhere.
Kluber, bauer, carrasco… that is a super weak playoff rotation won’t get past the divisional series v Sox Houston or Yankees. Kluber can’t pitch every game.
didn’t those 3 get them to a WS a couple years ago?
Ignore him he’s obviously trolling.
Sheesh I’ve never heard Cleveland’s rotation being weak lol. You’re right, it’s trolling. Those 3 are obviously stronger than what NYY have.
Not attempting to troll but for the playoffs, matchups (starters v. opposing lineup) are more important than just looking at pitcher v. pitcher. That’s where lefties against the Sox or if he regains his health, throwing Wright and hiz knuckler in a potential game four and then have Sale for game five. Of course Boston could use a three man rotation so don’t throw me under a bus. Just an example.
Andrewgauldin….Why would you think they are obviously stronger than what the Yankees have…..you aren’t talking about lights out here…..and even if you do, with that Cleveland bullpen……GAME OVER BUD!
The Yankees have Severino who can go toe to toe against Kluber. But did you just suggest whatever else they throw out aren’t obviously worse than Carrasco and Bauer?
The Yankees are gonna trade for a sp (maybe degrom) and its gonna be hard to beat them.
I was told I was trolling too when I said 3 years ago Swanson will suck…ya’ll were dropping your panties calling him the next great thing
Also 2 years ago I said Kershaws back is gone and was told I was trolling
Some lone said that Minnesota is a pitcher’s park and Lynn is a #2…I said they were an idiot and told I was trolling…
I can go on…
You suck at your hobby
What exactly has Severino done in the playoffs? Cleveland has a bunch of guys who can easily matchup with the Yankees starters and I’d argue are better than the yankee starters.
Most everyone would argue that.
“both Fangraphs and Brooks Baseball isn’t quite as bullish as that scout’s radar gun was. Britton has thrown a first-pitch strike to just 41 percent of the hitters he’s faced in that time, and his ground-ball rate, velocity and swinging-strike rate are all still shy of his peak levels. ”
Then there’s the likelihood that Britton won’t even be out there long before blowing up and going on the DL.
The Zach Britton that made that name significant has been dead for over a year.
Boston signed Brandon Phillips a month ago. He currently in the minors and doing well. Should be taking over second by end of July. Merrifield makes no sense when they need a late inning reliever above anything.
Not to mention brock Holt plays everywhere and 2b is his best position. he’s also back to normal this season and putting up Holt like numbers.
I love the way Holt plays the game.
Loved Holt as a rookie after getting him from Pittsburgh. Had no idea what we had but he hustled every at bat.
Not an everyday player. He gets exposed and is already sliding. Lifetime .238 hitter after the break with no power and not much speed.
That may be his best position but he’s a scrub…fill-in type of player. with 0 power.
“Holt like numbers”…..he hit .200 last year and is career .267 in limited playing time.
Maybe if you actually understood what was wrong with Holt the last 2 seasons might understand what I meant.. Holt had severe concussion issues during both 2016-2017 and it affected it, vertigo as well from the concussions he suffered from.
He seems to have finally recoved
a late inning reliever? They have Velazquez, Barnes, Kelly and Kimbrel. Isn’t that a solid 4?
Oldest rumor, no fact, that Boston is looking for a late inning guy. Velazquez is a late inning guy? Since when?
Inconsistent with respect to Barnes and Kelly. Love when they’re on but I still think of Earl Weaver and his smoking. Nervous every time they get the ball. Last year Addison Reed was imported. Who will it be this year?
Kimbrel is the LATE INNING GUY. Kelly, Barnes and Velasquez are relievers. Velasquez 27 games and only 3 starts, so he’s a reliever to me. Late or not, he comes in to the game in relief. Late innings are 7-9. How many guys do you need for that role, considering the 9th is locked down by Kimbrel? The Red Sox have 66 wins and are mowing down opponents. They will skate into the playoffs.
He’s doing well? 5 games is all he’s played at AAA. He’s played 3 of those games at 2B, where he’s made 2 errors. The other 2 games he was DH. His OBP is .286. He has 1 HR and no other extra base hits. He’s not “doing well.” He’s 37 and likely not worth the effort to even bring him up.
Phillips, 37, the former All-Star and 16-year MLB veteran, went 7-for-22 (.318) with a homer and seven RBI after signing a minor-league deal with Boston on June 27. Was promoted to AAA today. You could not be more inaccurate.
Mets: We’re having a firesale best offer for everyone please!
Also mets: You can’t have anybody good!
Mets on August 1st: what the heck why do we still have everybody? Oh well, we guess we’ll sign Lance Lynn and Jose Bautista again to push next year. We’re probably better than the nats, Phils, and braves, right?
A great milestone achieved tonight: worst record in the mlb. The last place 2018 NY Mets are writing a great script. Please DONT do a tear down and rebuild. It is a team of mismatched players, personalities that place time off as a priority, a defense that is porous, and more retirement eligible players. Why would you want to admit such mediocrity, given that the minor league system has very little fruit? You don’t need to restock the farm by selling some players who will NEVER be worth MORE THAN NOW! Wait until their free agent year. Pretend each offseason to reload with make believes so that you can soak the NL starved New Yorkers.
With a new front office officially named The Three Stooges, ownership recently identified as Abbott & Costello can talk with circular reasoning and mumble.
There is a well deserved boycott percolating. LAST PLACE means LESS TICKETS SOLD. LACK OF COMMITMENT on ownership’s part is met with NO VIEWERSHIP ON SNY.
Drive these pretenders out of their perch. They were lucky a decade ago for the commissioner to bail them out with a loan after the Madoff scandal. Now its time for final resolution.
As a diehard mets fan I wish I could argue anything you wrote, but the team is a dumpster fire with the worst owners in professional sports, have a three headed GM that is bound to screw up, and cannot offer long-term contracts bc of the debt they owe multiple banks (if the rumors are true). They are an embarrassment of a franchise right now and they are wasting genuine talent by spending what little money they have on scratch and dent players (e.g. Cespedes, Bruce, Ramos, etc).
I love the logic of boycotting a team that, while not doing enough in your eyes, is trying to put a competitive team on the field. You won’t go to the games until they trade all the quality players away, at which point they won’t be worth watching, so you won’t go then either. Not much business savvy required to know that doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Is that you Jeff?
Hey Stymee—why don’t you do a google search and read about the 2016 NY Yankees.
Brian Cashman and the owners had the conviction and guts to pull the plug in the team and rebuild.
You have to accept the reality that the Mets are not trying to put a competitive team on the field. The owners lack of consistent financial commitment has lead to alternating periods of famine followed by glutinous spending.
Their AL cousins, The Orioles have done the same thing and when the faucet is opened wide both teams have made truly lousy signings.
In 2018 the spending was late and without a master plan with strategy. Had they had one they would never have signed so many old players; some of whom at best can play at a high level in a winning environment (Bruce/Frazier), and others absolutely pathetic (Reyes, Agon).
The Yankees were exciting two years ago…however trading their only real assets can’t happen with Abbott and Costello ownership combined with the 3 Stooges management.
Join up with the boycott…
What do you have to lose?
Guys like him will never change.
Their battle cry is “build around degrom”
With what? Lol
The team will have two straight 90 loss seasons with the great degrom.
The owners only pretend to try and put a decent team on the field so dopey fans like stymie buy into it and fill the seats.
In 2 more years degroom will be gone for nothing, or he’ll get hurt.
Then the mets will be where the orioles are now.
Rise and repeat.
John the boycott of the Coupons!
So I did just google the 2016 Yankees trade deadline, for the sake of comparison. Of the players they acquired then, only Gleyber Torres and Adam Warren seem to be helping them right now. (Correct me if I’m wrong, I don’t actually follow the Yankees much!). And the only player they traded away that had upside and remaining control was Andrew Miller. Chapman was in his walk year. So, it just doesn’t seem like a good comparison. The Yankees got lucky in that a player like Torres was available, and that he has since developed into what he is. And, sure, give them credit for working that trade and developing him afterwards. But, most of their better players were acquired as draftees, IFA, or via different deals. Talking about trading guys like deGrom and Syndergaard, etc., who have signficant control remaining- it just doesn’t match up to the Yankees situation. This is not to say that the Mets should not trade those guys- but the comparison should be more to trades like the Sale and Quintana trades, and those have been a mixed bag for the Sox, results-wise.
You probably should stick to what you know….obviously its not the Yankees.
You don’t acquire draftees….those are players you draft, unless you acquire somebody else’s draftee in a trade.
But the biggest mistake you made is stating that most of the Yankees were acquired……Yankee home grown: Bird, Judge, Sanchez, Gardner, Severino, Robertson, Wade, Romine, Holder, Warren, Andujar etc.
Not too bad talent selection eh!
So Vanlu-are you a Mets fan or simply in denial and always wanting to be right?
You obviously didn’t do a google search as there were other trades like Beltran and McCann as well.
The point is that it’s all about depth, which is something that you and your favorite team know little about.
The Mets’ problems extend from their hodge podge, MLB roster that is filled with underperforming players and over the hill has beens, its that the farm system by all accounts is also at the bottom of the pack.
It’s time to own up. You can join the boycott movement too. By consensus other posters here have agreed not to count your post against you.
Are you willing to STOP buying or attending Mets games and to AVOID watching SNY?
I used the word “acquired” simply to refer to how they got the rights to a player- which was through the draft in the case of a lot of their players, or as IFA. So, home grown, as you say. That was what I was trying to get at- most of the young talent that is on the MLB roster for the Yankees did not come to them via 2016 deadline deals. Really, what I was trying to get at was that the Yankees 2016 deadline was not similar to what people are proposing for the Mets because people are suggesting the Mets trade multiple assets with a decent amount of control- deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz. Chapman, Beltran, McCann were all rentals; Miller is the closest comparable. I’m not a Mets apologist and not arguing that they shouldn’t trade some of their guys, the aces included. I would love to see them get a great return. But similar selloffs seem pretty hit and miss, and most packages you see proposed seem lacking in game changers.
Worst in NL, NOT in MLB.
But given time, I think they can catch Baltimore
Doubtful White Sox and royals will be worse than the Mets
Of course it’s Mikeyank why bother facts he just talks nonsense blah, blah,blah,blah,blah. What a clown.
Oh Bruin, I hope that you enjoy watching the LAST place Mets this weekend. I hope that you bought tickets to see them at Chitifield at full price as they are on sale at Stub Hub at deep discounts.
I do agree that mikeyank is a troll, but he at least said some things that were true this time. The Yankees did well and the Mets are a mess… I’m not a fan of the Yankees, but they do have good management.
I can care less about the Mets this clown just comes out when there is Mets or Red Sox article just annoying Troll that’s all and yes 90% of what this clown has to say is complete garbage.
Pretty funny how Bautista has been worth more WAR in 44 games for the Mets than Harper has been worth all season, and that includes the negative WAR he had before he got released.
shows you how effed up WAR is, as well as much of the sabremetrics., especially defensive metrics.
Hey Crew-the 3 Stooges big move to be announced after the ASG is that the Mets are digging into their alumni talent to match someone with Tim Tebow. All time HR leader Ed Kranepool is already working out in Las Vegas and reported to be hitting homeruns.
Cease it with cross town digs and with Sox posts will you?
how would you like it if someone started posting about morticians having shovels at the ready at drunkard martin’s grave site to bring him back as manager when the Yank’s fail to make the playoff’s this year and Giradi is fired?
What? Girardi fired? Thought he already wasn’t retained a long time ago?
Hey Rip Van Winkle Silver, did you just wake up?
Too much embalming fluid last night at the Hotel Transylvania.
Hey Silver-you are listening to too much Sinatra music wanting the world to be the way it was. Either that or ask your mom to call your MD for fresh meds.
This gets 2 thumbs up.
If Atlanta can’t add to the bullpen and also a starter any trade will not matter much. The pitching the second half is the make or break issue for overachieving so far in 2018.
Atlanta will add pitching by the default of minor league progression.
One of those kids can be David Price 2.0 for a playoff run.
Bullpen is the Achilles. A starter would be a luxury, not a necessity at this point. Reinforcements in Gohara, Allard, Fried, McCarthy – and further off – a rest Soroka. Bullpen already maxing out Carle, Freeman with little depth in the minors (Evan Phillips cup of coffee was bittersweet).
Most articles about the Braves state the obvious. No new information is reported. At the risk of restating the obvious, unless they add a frontline starter and do a total overhaul of the bullpen, they fall out of contention by the end of July. All their pitchers are following a predictable pattern. They also have hangovers upon returning from long road trip, losing four of seven home openings. Seems like a problem, if a casual fan like I am can spot this.
its sad the Mets are in the position they are in. it’ll be tough to reject even a decent trade haul. I know they can’t just give their aces away but they have to start somewhere
Has Machado already been traded? JK. I was wondering since no mention of the Evil Empire n Manny.
The NYY won’t be happy till Every position player slugs 60 HR.
I doubt the socks will get Britton, but it would be done.
FYI-We will be happy when every position player hits 52 homeruns.
I saw on MLB Popeye hit 2HR for the Evil Empire.
Bluto did it
Are you kidding me Whit Merrifield there is no way the Red Sox are trading for him. He would be so expensive let’s see he is controlled and he will probably be a 5 war second baseman. If the Royals made him available he would demand more then Just about anyone but maybe DeGrom. The Red Sox have no chance at him unless somehow Dayton values the guys in the Sox farm more then all the experts do.
Braves had RH CF, Peter Bourjos, and NEVER used him there. They gave him about 5 starts total in 3 months, and he spent a month in AAA. That’s a real good way to judge a guy. Idiots.
Have you seen Bourjos play on a regular basis, good defense, but very little offense. And if you haven’t notice Inciarte is a gold glove center fielder.
Bourjos is a GG caliber CF. He’s a hell of lot more useful than Danny Santana, who they kept. And the point of the story was to have a RH bat with good defense give Inciarte a rest against lefties once in a while. It’s not about replacing Inciarte.
The point was that if the braves were going to replace Inciarte in centerfield then it would be for a better hitter against left-handed pitching, not for a weaker offensive player like Bourjas. The Braves like Santana’s aggressiveness off the bench mainly for pinch hitting purposes.
It has been discussed before that Atlanta had Bourjas on its roster and didn’t believe he was the solution. You are one of the few Bourjas fanboys. Please accept that your laments about the situation are not bringing Bourjas back.
I’ll state this one more time. To give up Bourjos for Santana is asinine. Simple as that. “His aggressiveness off the bench?” He’s a career .212 hitter with a .595 OPS as a pinch hitter. He’s no better than Bourjos off the bench, and he doesn’t have the speed or defense. I know they won’t bring Bourjos back, but to replace him with this guy if humorous. Say what you will about Bourjos, but as recently as 2016, in just 355 at bats on a bad Philly team, he did have 32 extra base hits and scored 40 runs. I just don’t think they ever gave Bourjos an HONEST chance. 44 at bats in 2 months? But hey, at least Santana is killing it for Atlanta.. :)….eye roll. By the way, in 358 at bats so far this year for Inciarte, on a good team, he has 21 extra base hits and 52 runs scored, and that’s from the leadoff spot, where he shouldn’t be.
No one said that Santana is killing it. It is also possible that the Braves didn’t give Bourjos enough playing time to see what he can do either. I do know though that Bourjos got off too a slow start and it appears that Atlanta didn’t have much faith in him for whatever reason.
While I most definitely don’t believe that Santana is “the” solution, Atlanta chose his ability to switch hit as a better alternative in their mind than Bourjas.
It is what it is.
Yes it is. and they are likely to finish closer to .500 because they still have issues they won’t address…yet.
“The report also indicates that offers for Asdrubal Cabrera, to this point, have been underwhelming . . .”
“…and that the Mets have actually received some inquiries about Bautista, who was hitting .230/.389/.425 in 144 PAs for the Mets before homering in tonight’s contest.”
Wow I can read the same post twice! Thanks!
My sentiments exactly. That dude cannot resist reposting and adding pointless blather.
Like you cannot resist being a toxic user? You still offer no substance, just insults. Frankly, I’m impressed you still haven’t been banned.
For those of you who care.. What is implied.
It Goes without saying Cabrera wasn’t expected to fetch much as an expiring contract, but fact Jose Bautista fetched inquiries, boggles the mind. Lol laughable.
The Mets are no where close to being competitive in the NL East much less the National League. Their farm system stinks and their team is terrible. Yet, they seem oblivious to that reality and seem insistent on doing nothing to improve over the long run. Yes, it would be painful to trade some players (deGrom, etc…) but it’s unlikely that the Mets will even close to competing with the likes of the Cubs, Brewers, Dodgers or even the Phillies, Braves or Nationals before some of their nearly “untouchable” players are FA’s. Sometime you just have to swallow the medicine even if you don’t like the way it will taste. Just my opinion.
Hey Wizard, are you saying that you are sick and tired of the Mets land of make believe?
Join the boycott. Put your money where your mouth is—NOWHERE near Abbott and Costello’s laughing stock franchise.
Why should teams like the Royals be expected to gift Merrifield to any contender. Whit is a solid
I want to remind all the doubters when I mentioned that Joey Bats still had some pop in his bat. I was laughed at when I made that suggestion.
I wish players like Beltre would just give their team a break and say I am done, I can offer no more to the Rangers. Talk of returning in 2019 is unfair to the Rangers.
The Rangers are the ones that wish to resign him. He’s a FA. They want him back. If Victor Martinez was still slugging .400, he might be wanted,too.
Beltre may have a little less power at the plate this year but he is rock solid at 3rd and a great guy for these young guys to be around.
Take Zach Britton comments from Heyman with a little skepticism, especially when they see a somewhat rosier picture than others do. Britton’s a free agent after the season and will be looking for a large contract, and is repped by Scott Boras. That being said, I think he is going to be traded, and someone will give Baltimore something of value, hoping that Britton can be a difference-maker. It’s not an entirely unreasonable bet, but it could go bad.
Wonder if the Sox would be interested in Starlin Castro for second base
No way for Castro!!! Asdrubal Cabrera
I really don’t understand all the haters on Starlin Castro. Yes he is expensive, but is signing a free agent to play second base going to be any cheaper? With Castro, you know what you’re going to get. The dude very well could have been an All Star this year. I just don’t understand the hate on him, quality player.
Snitker’s obsession with having Inciarte bat lead off is baffling. Against right handers, sure, but put him in the 9 hole against lefties. I think even Ender is confused when he is leading off against a lefty. But, man, his defense is great.
The fact that teams aren’t really even inquiring on Degrom says it all, and it’s not about the Mets. By and large, MLB executives aren’t like the guys in your fantasy league who send you ridiculous offers- they are only going to get involved if they are willing to pay what they would reasonably want back if they were the other team. Degrom will require a haul that frankly most contending teams can’t really pay under any circumstances, they just don’t have the minor league talent. Yes, the Yankees have what it takes, but there are obviously issues with those teams. Even overcoming that, if Torres is untouchable then you are looking at a gutting of the farm system that you spent years building, and I don’t think Cashman is going for that.
Well said. And definitely right about the Torres thing. If the Yankees don’t include anybody from their MLB roster, that farm system is going to drop to one of the worst in the league if they are to acquire a Degrom, or Manny and Britton
You guys deal from weakness not strength. Take a look at Cashman’s record the past two years…he doesn’t buckle at dumb offers.
There’s a difference between desperate need and want.
We are just looking at the reports dude. It’s clearly stated that the Yankees have some interest in those players. Whether it’s strong interest or not, those players have been linked to the Yankees. So, that’s why we commented on this. If there was deal where the Yankees acquired Degrom or Manny and Britton, wouldn’t you agree that the Yankees farm system would be depleted if they don’t subtract from their MLB roster?
Sure reduced some, however the depth at high single A and Double A—especially middle infielders and pitchers is impressive.
So that’s why another team may make the trade with the Yankees, because they realize that their rebuild may take 3 to 5 years so they will take a larger group of talented players from the lower depths, combined with a smaller group or just one individual from the AAA roster.
Oh and Andrew not ALL of the reports are true. As an example, do you believe Mr. Met, Joel Sherman?
If you do then please give me only $100 and I will give you Manhattan Island.
I think people forget that DeGrom is 30 years old. He seems much younger. He does have 2 cost controlled years left, 2019-2020. Dodgers could offer up some talent for him.
He started pitching partway through college. He may be 30, but his arm has a fraction of the mileage on it as a 25-26 yr old pitcher.
And he’s had multiple surgeries on his right arm, including TJ in 2010 and another elbow surgery in 2016
Hey Jake-The Yankees won’t be knocking on the Mets door for deGrom, even though he got a haircut this year and is technically compliant with team rules.
Cash is not desperate in the past several years. Look at the deals, whether trades or signings:
Chapman trade w Cinn-Chapman trade to Cubs (rental for Gleybar)-Miller trade w Cle for Frazier-Stanton trade. Just a few examples…
If the Royals trade Merrifield, they are showing that they dont want to win for another 30 years. Now if it was Maurer I’d say dont let the door hit you on the way out
I don’t think you understand how trades work. You have to have something that someone wants. Maurer will likely be DFA’d by the end of the year or after the year is over. Whit is going to be 30 next year and has a lot of value right now. We are not competing or aiming to compete until 2021 at the earliest. It would be silly NOT to trade Merrifield if you can get 2 or 3 prospects that can help you in 2021 and beyond.
Liberty reluctant to part with $ 1.00, owner who know nothing about baseball are lousy.
I see no reason why the Braves can’t increase their payroll by $20 million given the huge increase in revenue from Suntrust and surrounding real restate in the last year. That revenue is only going to increase as they finish the work and get more tenants. They would be much more competitive with a $140 million payroll and going into next year that will give them $55 million to spend.
Kansas City needs help at 1B and SS.
Red Sox 1B Travis Shaw and SS prospect CJ Chatham for Whit Merrifield.